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Brunswick County changes vicious dog laws

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- It's been a hot topic in Brunswick County for weeks. County commissioners have voted to change their vicious dog laws. In the past dogs that had officially been deemed dangerous were still roaming free. But Animal Control officers were not allowed to seize the dogs for a second time, unless the dogs hurt someone again. Monday night that changed. Brunswick County Health Director Donald Yousey said, "What they've said now is if I have a dog I have declared dangerous, and it's upheld, and then the owner doesn't control it, I can take it with the intent to destroy. And the person can appeal that, but I don't have to give the dog back, and I don't have to wait for someone to get hurt again." A case out of Supply involving a dog owner with two pit bulls prompted the change. Residents complained the dogs continued to roam the neighborhood unleashed after attacking and killing a neighbors pet last year.

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